American voters spoke loudly across the country Tuesday by electing Republican Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded the election overnight in a phone call to Trump and spoke publicly Wednesday morning.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” Clinton said in New York. “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. She went on:
I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.
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Clinton’s supporters wailed throughout the night and into the morning across the internet and mainstream media.
“I’m sorry we didn’t win this election,” Clinton added, occasionally pausing at times to gather herself. “This loss hurts. This is painful and it will be for a long time.”
Clinton thanked her family, supporters and her nationwide campaign staff for their efforts. She also thanked all donors. Her campaign outspent Trump by a 2-1 margin.
The former secretary of state encouraged women of all ages to continue working toward breaking the glass ceiling that she couldn’t in vying for the presidency.
“Someday, someone will,” Clinton said. “Nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.”
She said, “Our constitutional democracy demands our participation” and called upon all citizens to make every effort to resolve issues in a nation more divided than anyone thought.
“There are more seasons to come and more work to be done,” Clinton said.
She exited the stage to a quiet, somber group of supporters.